9. Heart-Shaped Basket
This ingenious craft only requires cardboard, toothpicks, felt, and yarn! You can also embellish it with pretty ribbon or charms. I went on a long hunt for the source and original instructions for this project, so if you happen to know, please email me so I can give credit.
The picture itself is pretty explanatory, but here are the simple instructions:
- First you will need to determine what size you want your heart to be, and then cut it out using thick cardboard (you can print off a perfectly shaped heart online to use as your template). While you’re doing this, cut a piece of felt in the shape of your cardboard cut-out that is about a 1/4 inch smaller.
- Personally, I would lay the felt down first, before attaching the toothpicks (not shown this way in the photo). This will eventually be the bottom of the inside of your basket, and I think you will get a cleaner look this way. Choose a felt color that coordinates with your yarn, and use a thin layer of glue to attach it to the cardboard.
- Next attach toothpicks along the outer edge by inserting them into the cardboard, and then securing them with hot glue about every 1/2 inch.
- Determine your starting point, and then tie a ball of yarn to one of the toothpicks– now get to weaving! Weave the yarn in and out of the toothpicks, pushing it down every once in a while so that you have a thick, secure wall of yarn.
- Once you come to the end, cut the yarn and secure it with a dab of hot glue.
- Use ribbon or other embellishments to trim the edges. The basket shown in the picture had pearl beads placed on the toothpicks half way through weaving, which I think looks really nice!
- P.S. You can do this in any shape!
10. Repurposed Crib
This repurposed crib is just the right size and height for kids to craft and play! Every kid should have a little arts and craft area like this. That’s a nice touch with the chalkboard paint, too. Kudos. You can see more details and instructions for this project over at A Little Learning For Two.
11. Easy Marker Caddy
Why is it always so hard to find a pen, pencil or marker when you need one? Even when I’ve just purchased a 24 pack of them? Oh, I have kids. That’s why! Which is why I love this inexpensive and easy way to store art and office supplies using toilet paper rolls and a shoe box. That’s it! Start stock piling those rolls, and get crafty with this simple project by Aunt Peaches.